France’s Teddy Riner wins 11th judo world title
French judo star Teddy Riner won a record-extending 11th individual judo world championship title in Doha on Saturday, six years after his last.
The 34-year-old beat Russian Inal Tasoev in the +100kg final to become the oldest world champion in history.
“It’s been a long time since I heard the Marseillaise (French national anthem) on a world podium, it feels good,” he said.
Riner dispatched world number one Temur Rakhimov in 30 seconds in the semi-finals, but needed over-time to defeat Tasoev by waza-ari.
Riner last appeared in the world championships in 2017 and missed out last year through injury.
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